Pregnancy: Week 38

38 weeks pregnant

A few weeks back I got to that point in pregnancy when people started asking if I felt uncomfortable. Frankly, I didn’t really understand what they were talking about. While my hormones had begun upping the anti emotionally, physically I still felt very mobile and to be honest, I often forgot my bump was there as it didn’t really get in the way of anything. Then, week 36 rolled around

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10 Pregnancy Instagram Accounts to Follow

10 Pregnancy Instagram Accounts to Follow

*For some more bump and baby Instagram accounts to follow see my update on this post here*

I have become a bit of a stalker of late. Virtual stalking though so it’s perfectly above board, given that everyone’s at it. The whole point of social media is to make oneself stalkable, right? It would be rude not to indulge the good folk of the online world who put their lives out there for everyone to peruse. Being a big image-lover, Instagram is my current favourite and with baby bumps being my main preoccupation I started delving into the accounts of prolific bump snappers and now I’m slightly addicted. In case you’re in the same boat and are looking for some visual bumpspiration, here are my favourites.

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My Maternity Photoshoot with Liam Bergin

Copyright Liam Bergin

You’ve probably noticed by now that I’m not shy about documenting my bump. Perhaps it won’t be the same with subsequent pregnancies but I have found the day-to-day changes in my body and the baby’s development completely mesmerising throughout this pregnancy and taking photos along the way has helped me to fully appreciate the gravity of the task. Now, at week 36, when I look back at the pictures I took at week 18 when I thought I looked ‘properly pregnant’ I realise that I really just looked like I’d had a hearty lunch.

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Coping When Pregnancy Goes Wrong

It was a year ago today that we first found out I was pregnant. The frantic week before Christmas was spent running around trying to tie up loose ends before heading out of town to see family but underlying it all I was constantly aware that my period was due and with every no show day I was getting more excited. When we finally did a pregnancy test we were stunned when it came out positive. 

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Pregnancy Yoga: Crying Myself Calm

Pregnancy Yoga

I walked through my front door last Thursday night and fell to pieces on the shoulder of MrE. I’d just been to my pregnancy yoga class and managed to hold it together in the car on the way home in the hope that MrE would be back from work to mop up the tears that I knew were about to brim over. Alarmed, he asked if I’d had a terrible class but through the sobs and gasps for air I tried to tell him that actually, it was quite the opposite, it had been another excellent session. Three minutes later I felt completely serene and spent the rest of the evening feeling better than I’d felt all week. 

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Pregnancy: Week 31

31 Weeks Pregnant

Forgive me if this post comes out all gobbledigook. I’ve made it to week 31 but in the process seem to have lost a significant proportion of my brain cells and am having trouble stringing a sentence together. I am a walking trimester textbook – after a glowy, synapse-alert, energy-filled second trimester, the third trimester has brought with it a lethargy on par with trimester one and a bump that is beginning to feel a bit heavy to carry around. I think it’s nature’s way of telling me to conserve some energy before due day but with the countdown on, the excitement mounting and to-do lists coming out my ears that’s easier said than done.

Big! Around 41-45cm long and 1.5kg

The baby’s eyelids are open and responding to light and he/she is getting more chubby and brainy by the day. Body, legs and arms are finally in proportion with his/her head.

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Maternity Modelling: Working the Bump

JoJo Maman Bebe shoot behind the scenes

Sorry for going a bit quiet on you lovely folk over the past couple of weeks. Truth is, my third trimester kicked in and with it came an overnight plummet in my energy levels at a point when I suddenly had an influx of maternity modelling work as my bump was finally deemed sizeable enough to show off. Unfortunately, the two things don’t go hand in hand and so despite my best intentions to keep feeding you blog fodder, any spare time I’ve had has been spent crashing out on the sofa

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Slogan Sweats for Expectant Mums

I love a slogan sweatshirt at the best of times but I’ve come across a few witty knits recently that I think would be particularly apt stretched over the bump of an expectant mum. If you’re comfortable showcasing your bump and are feeling quite jovial about your pregnancy then these offer a good talking point, a bit like a tacky holiday t-shirt but way more tongue-in-cheek chic.

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Why we chose not to find out the sex of our baby

There are two questions people ask when they find out you’re pregnant.

The first is ‘How far along are you?’ An obvious enough query but when it comes to a response you should be prepared to acknowledge the fact that pregnant women work in weeks. Unless you have been pregnant yourself or are trying to get pregnant or have lots of pregnant friends or a pregnant partner/daughter/sister, this will mean nothing to you. No-one works in weeks in the real world and with good reason. A week flies by without much drama, on the whole, but when it comes to baby-making a week can be the difference between an empty womb and a zygote, between no bump and a bump, between a bump that does nothing and a bump that moves and ultimately between being a woman and being a mother.

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Pregnancy Pamper: Mama Mio Tummy Rub Butter

With my third trimester fast approaching and a quick scan ahead in my increasingly dog-eared copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting suggesting there’s a significant amount of baby growing still to do I’m beginning to wonder exactly where our offspring is going to fit. My bump is noticeable but neat but my skin looks to be at maximum capacity already and if I think too hard about how much more baby it will need to cover it leaves me feeling a bit itchy.

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Ways to Make a Pregnant Woman Weep #256

Jeez, John Lewis has gone and done it again: reduced me to a blubbering mess. The tears were inevitable; I love a good weep, more so now than ever and when I clicked on the link to their new Christmas ad that landed in my inbox this week (the 6th November, as soon as the last glowing embers of your bonfire are extinguished, being the official day that the Christmas season begins apparently) I was practically willing it to happen.

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Model Mother: An Introduction

Model portfolio pictures

Hellooo! Thanks for popping in and taking the time to read my first ever blog post. I feel a tad nervous so please be kind! Have a seat and make yourself comfy. I’ll pop on a brew and tell you how this came about.

A little bit about me: I am what it says on the tin – a model and a mother. Or at least a mother in the making, which I feel is close enough to justify this ever-so-original blog name.

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